Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

Applications are accepted until June 30. In order to complete your application, you’ll need to have handy:

  • Your resume/CV; 
  • Your biography;
  • Two letters of recommendation. At least one letter of recommendation should be from someone outside your firm (example: a client, Judge, colleague from another firm, professor, etc.). Each letter of recommendation must include the recommender’s name, affiliation, email address and direct phone number;
  • Narrative (first person) answers to the four questions (1250 character limit).

Please note: You can start, save and resume your application as many times as you like.

Next steps:

  • After you have applied to the program, you will receive notification that your submission has been received.
  • You will be notified by early October.
  • The 40 Under 40 recognition event will take place at ABI’s 2019 Winter Leadership Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, in December.

Who can be nominated?

The American Bankruptcy Institute’s 40 Under 40 program is open to bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring professionals from around the world who are 40 years old or younger as of Dec. 1, 2019.

Take a look at the firms who have had nominees.

Can I nominate myself?


Can I nominate more than one person?


If I applied previously, can I apply again this year?

If you are not selected in 2019, you may be considered again in future years until you no longer fit the nomination requirements (age, practice area, etc.). If you have applied in previous years, you may log in using your established username and password to amend your application, or you may start a new profile and application.

Will the nominee know that he or she has been nominated?

Yes. The nominee will receive an email notifying him/her that a nomination has been submitted. The nominee assumes all responsibility for completing his/her application.

Is there a fee for nominating someone?


Why should I nominate someone?

Nominating a young professional for ABI's 40 Under 40 program:

  • Celebrates the achievements of young professionals in the bankruptcy community who are tomorrow’s leaders;
  • Highlights rising stars in the profession;
  • Showcases how firms and organizations help mentor and provide professional development;
  • Identifies future leaders within ABI;
  • Offers Honorees a chance to be featured at ABI events, in the ABI Journal and on ABI’s website;
  • Provides Honorees with exclusive networking and recognition opportunities, as they are invited as ABI guests to special recognition events; and
  • Helps advance the future of the bankruptcy profession.

The insolvency community openly embraced this program last year.  Take a look at the firms who had nominees in the application pool.

Do nominees have to be members of ABI?

ABI membership is not required, nor does it enhance a person’s chance of being selected.

How do I know if my online nomination form went through? Will I receive a confirmation?

After submitting your nomination(s), you will get a message thanking you for your nomination.

When are nominations due?

Nominations are due June 30, 2019.

What is the criteria for selecting the 2019 Honorees?

Nominations will be judged by a diverse steering committee of insolvency professionals. Some of the qualities and characteristics the committee will be looking for include (in no particular order):

  • Academic training (degrees earned, etc.);
  • Achievements in representations on behalf of clients;
  • Authorship and publications;
  • Community service;
  • Dedication to the profession;
  • Inventiveness;
  • Leadership skills;
  • “People” skills/mentoring ability;
  • Personal integrity;
  • Professional service (with professional societies, organizations, educational events, etc.);
  • Public speaking/presentation skills;
  • Sustained career progress;
  • Technical skills; and
  • Work/life balance.

If I’m selected, what happens next?

If selected, you will be invited to participate in a recognition ceremony and various other events during the 2019 Winter Leadership Conference (December 05-07 at the Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA). You must be willing to attend in person. Your profile and photo will be published in the ABI Journal and on ABI’s website, among other press and publicity.  There will be other special events and programming for our “40 Under 40” Honorees over the course of the year.

Will I be notified if the person I nominate is selected?

Yes. ABI will contact all 40 individuals we select for 40 Under 40 recognition, as well as the individuals who submitted their nominations.

What are the benefits to being selected?

The 2019 Class will be announced in October and honored at a special awards ceremony during the 2019 Winter Leadership Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. In addition:

  • Honorees will be invited to attend an exclusive reception with ABI leaders and judicial faculty from the Winter Leadership Conference, as well as future special events.
  • Honorees will be profiled on ABI’s website and in the ABI Journal.
  • Each “class” of honorees will receive other special recognition when attending ABI events.
  • Take a look at what last year's Class has been working on for other ideas for class and honoree recognition.